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You love your pet so much that you do not want to settle for low quality food. But with so many pet food brands in the market claiming to be the best, how can you be so sure that what you are about to purchase will really provide your pet with its nutrient needs? Many cat owners use pet food reviews not only to know the different brands of pet food in the market but also to find out if these foods are recommended by others or not.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

You can find so many reviews on the internet on pet food. When trying to find information about certain pet food brands, you can refer to these reviews. Just make sure you visit those websites that give unbiased reviews. It should come from those who have really used the products.

When you're in the grocery to shop for foods, do you make it a habit to read the list of ingredients on the label? Most pet foods on sale have cheap meat by-products in them, beef tallow, low nutrition fillers, additives, colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. These are the ingredients that you do not want to see in the label of the cat food. You only want your cat to eat healthy and nutritious foods to keep her in a good condition and free from any disease.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Most people feel that pricey cat food is always better than the cheap ones. However, this statement is not true all the time. What type of food should you give your cat and are there brands containing little to no fillers, meat by products and artificial flavors or additives?

When in the market for cat foods, look for brand containing salmon, turkey, duck, chicken liver and chicken. These are the types of food that most pets enjoy eating and are certainly good for their health. Cat foods containing corn, soybean or wheat are hard for cats to contain. Also, make sure you go for those cat foods that contain a little amount of artificial sweeteners and no additives.

Cats that prefer eating canned foods may appear to be healthier compared to those who are given dried food. Dry cat foods are high in carbohydrates and they lack natural moisture. It is important to check out the first five ingredients listed on the food to see what it contains. There are some dried cat foods that are made using whole grain rice, chicken fat, salmon, chicken and chicken meal. These are nutritious for your cat.

You should not feed your cat with food containing soybean meal, wheat four, poultry by products and corn gluten meal because they are unappetizing and have low nutritional value. Your cat is so precious to you that it is important to give them not just nutritious foods but also tasty ones, something they enjoy eating.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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